Guiver, Jo W, Weston, Richard and Wylie, Rick (2015) Living on Multiple Edges: Forces Influencing Tourism in a Rural, Coastal Destination. Tourism Geographies . ISSN 1461-6688 (Submitted)
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Destinations are subject to a number of influences, many of which they cannot control. Being geographically peripheral often confers tourist appeal: being beside the sea, rural or rugged countryside, with fewer people and more space than urban centres, but is associated with being politically peripheral with less influence on local and national policies impacting on the area.
In order to understand the impact of peripherality, the research investigated the forces affecting the tourist fortunes of the Cumbrian Solway coast, a small, remote area on the edge of North West England, Cumbria and close to the popular tourist area of the Lake District. Semi-structured interviews with tourism providers in the area helped identify a number of dynamic influences and ‘edges’, including different interpretations of the coast and countryside and political decisions about public spending on tourism. Local organisations supporting tourism to achieve different goals (landscape preservation, habitat conservation, maintaining and enhancing local services and infrastructure, community vitality, employment and prosperity) sometimes failed to align their motives and work together for common goals.
The case study reflects the circumstances in many small tourist destinations. A dialectical approach, which acknowledges the constantly changing political, economic and other contexts of tourism at a destination, offers potential for future tourism research.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Coastal tourism; countryside: conservation; tourism policy; dialectical approach: Cumbrian Solway Coast, United Kingdom|
|Subjects:||N - Business & administrative studies > N870 - Recreation & leisure studies|
|Schools:||Faculty of Business, Law & Applied Social Studies > School of Management|
|Deposited By:||Jo W Guiver|
|Deposited On:||09 Jul 2015 12:47|
|Last Modified:||24 Oct 2016 03:30|
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